Patch approval definitions

You can approve and decline patches by type through rules associated to devices. Approvals ensure that the patches a device is looking for or wants to download is legitimate and will not cause any issues or conflicts with the device or within the network environment. If there is no approval applied to a patch, N-able N-central will not deploy it to a device.

When conflicting patch approval statuses are applied to a device from either a Rule or a device level approval, precedence is given according to strict approval hierarchies.

The table below describes each approval type. For more information see Approving and declining patches manually.

Not Approved and No Approval are not the same thing. No Approval is the default state associated to all Rules. It means no decision has been made. This is the state that you want to leave every Rule that you do not intend to make a decision for.

Approval Type

Not Approved N-able N-central does not install the patch on a device, and flags it as missing. It will be visible to the device for patch updates.

You may want to save it for a future time. This means that the update remains in the default list of available updates and will report client compliance, but will not be installed on any devices.

Approved for Install

The patch will be installed. The patch will appear as missing until it is installed.

Approved for Removal

The patch will be removed if the removal option is available. To determine if the patch is removable, on the Patch Management Home page, click By Patch and click on the patch name and locate the line called Removable. This status implies a best effort for N-able N-central to remove the patch.

Removing a third party patch will result in the entire removal of the third party application.

If you remove the patch, it will be flagged as missing.


N-able N-central does not install the patch, and does not flag it as missing. The patch is still available for installation through N-able N-central, but will not be visible to the device when checking for updates.

No Approval

N-able N-central takes no action with the patch, does not install it on a device. Because there is no approval, it appears as a new available patch.

Revert After selecting an approval category and you do not want the selection. Select to return to the previous state.

Revert Children

After selecting an approval category for a child of the customer node, and you do not want the selection. Select to return the child elements to the previous state while leaving the parent state intact.
Revert Current Node and Children After selecting an approval category and you do not want the selection. Select to return the parent and child elements to the previous state.
Clear and RE-evaluate Device Level Approvals Remove any approvals set at the device level. N-able N-central uses the approvals set at the higher levels, customer or so level approvals.
Preserve Device Level Approvals

Reverts the selection of Clear and Re-evaluate (described above).

Apply to Children Available at the parent level, select when child elements have different approval settings to change them to match the parent.
Same as Parent Available at the child level, select for a child element to use the same approval setting as the parent level.